While it’s good that Tales of Graces f is making it to the U.S., it boggles the mind why Namco refused to just tell us it was coming out only for the PS3 instead of stringing fans along with hope that the Wii version was coming as well. Why they didn’t just announce what everyone already knew in the beginning is curious at best. Either way, it gets released next year.

From the press release:

    Leading video game publisher and developer, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced its acclaimed role-playing titles Tales of Graces f for the PlayStation ® 3 computer entertainment system, and Tales of the Abyss® for the Nintendo 3DS system will be released in North America. Tales of Graces f and Tales of the Abyss will both offer brilliant graphics, a dynamic real-time battle system, and deep, captivating stories filled with exciting quests and hidden secrets.

    Tales of Graces f is the latest title in the renowned Tales series and the first North American appearance of the franchise on PlayStation®3 system. Set amidst the conflict of three kingdoms competing for planetary dominance, the story follows Asbel Lhant and his friends as they come to discover in time just how far they will go to protect the bonds between them.

    For the first time in the Tales series, the combat system lets the player freely change attack style depending on the battle situation. The characters distinctive weapons can be swapped for different styles, and the new combat system is easier to control while simultaneously adding new levels of tactical depth. The title is developed by NAMCO TALES STUDIO LTD. in Japan with the aim of bringing to life the rich depth of the evocative characters created by Mutsumi Inomata.

    Tales of the Abyss, the critically-acclaimed PlayStation ® 2 computer entertainment system role playing game, is updated for the Nintendo 3DS system. The upcoming titledelivers full 3D support and use of the dual screens to bring players closer to the action. Tales of the Abyss tells the story of Luke fon Fabre, sole heir to a family of aristocrats, as he is suddenly thrust into the outside world on an epic adventure. Naïve and spoiled by years of isolation, Luke struggles to learn of friendship, sacrifice, duty and of choice. With the fates of many in his hands, Luke’s actions could ultimately save the world or bring about its very destruction.

    Tales of Graces f will be available in 2012 and Tales of the Abyss will be available later this year for North America.